Foodies Rejoice! The Taste of St. Louis 2015 will be Here Soon!

The three-day culinary event is set to rock the Chesterfield Amphitheatre September 18 through 20.

Taste of St. Louis

The city of St. Louis is about to become the culinary capital of the country when Budweiser Taste of St. Louis rolls into the city, September 18th through 20th. Local celebrity chefs competing in a battle royale, informative demos for all inquisitive home cooks, and a kid's kitchen ready to inspire the younger generation are all things to look forward to during this weekend. Voted Best Food Event for 2013, 2014, and 2015 by St. Louis Magazine, this is the event that St. Louis has been waiting for all year.

With two major cooking competitions: the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale and Culinary Stage and the Budweiser Home Chef Throwdown Contest, attendees experience plenty of excitement throughout the three-day event. For a more laid-back experience, there is the 314 Hot Sauce Restaurant Row, where festival-goers have the opportunity to purchase signature dishes from over 35 established and up-and-coming restaurants. To continue on this unique culinary experience, Taste of St. Louis also includes an ArtWalk that gives local artists a chance to showcase their work for prizes and purchase.

This St. Louis food event is just one of the many wonders the city has to offer. If your excitement extends past the three days of the festival, the CWE has many popular attractions, such as The Tenderloin Room at the Chase Park Plaza. Our classic steakhouse is a fine dining staple in the heart of the Central West End and would be a wonderful end to a delightful culinary weekend.

The 11th annual Taste of St. Louis is free to attend, so check out every day. The events and excitement rotate so each day is sure to be a different experience for your family and friends. Book your room at The Chase Park Plaza for comfortable accommodations while you enjoy the show.


Coming Soon: Great Forest Park Balloon Race & Glow

Fantastic free event comes to Forest Park St. Louis.

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

The very tail-end of summer sees St. Louis celebrating one of its most prized annual events at Forest Park on September 18 - 19, 2015. Founded in 1973, this year marks the 43rd Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The balloon race and its attendant balloon glow are the oldest free hot-air balloon events in the world with more than 150,000 spectators annually and 70 entries into the race. All of it is completely open to the public with free admission!

The vibrant colors of the balloons come to life on Friday night for the balloon glow. As dusk settles over St. Louis, the anchored balloons inflate, standing cheerfully upright among the spectators. Clustered together at Central Field, the colorful balloons ignite together, glowing brightly. The Glow is a fantastic opportunity to take contest pictures, and don’t forget to check out the Missouri Humane Society’s fundraiser that's located nearby to this event. The festival offers free fireworks after the Glow is finished.

On Saturday afternoon, the balloon festival in Forest Park comes to life again with entertainment for children and adults and a photo contest for attendees. Pony rides, concession stands and local entertainers fill the festival grounds while the racers prepare for the main event. Make sure to get to the park before the opening ceremonies to catch a show from the Miller Lite Skydivers. The race begins late Saturday afternoon, capping off two fantastic days of free events for attendees. Make sure to check the schedule of events to find out exact times and get more information about each celebration.

The Chase Park Plaza is always excited for this time of year when the balloons brighten the St. Louis skyline. If you’re looking to make a fun vacation out of this trip, come stay with us at our luxurious and comfortable hotel near Forest Park!


Enjoy St. Louis Art Museum's September Underground Garden Party

The SLAM Underground Garden Party this September is approaching fast!

Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) has a full slate of activities on the way to celebrate September. The special exhibit of Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa runs through September 27 with extended hours at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Fridays as well as Family Sundays.Museum

Family Sundays at SLAM are filled with lots to explore and experience for people of all ages. You might get a visit from Karl the Knight or listen to a special storytelling adventure. The museum offers free docent-led tours on a daily basis; just gather at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall. The tours bring to life the incredible collection and usually finish up in an hour.

One of the most anticipated events in August & September comes along on the last Friday of the months. The SLAM Underground Garden Party is a special underground blowout for each month. The museum opens up to a world of music, dance, play and special art-making experiences. The party goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., so get there right at the start. Did we mention there will be signature cocktails? Sip and savor the flavor of the month while you enjoy talking with some of the hippest crowd in town.

A great place to start an evening at the Saint Louis Art Museum is at the The Chase Park Plaza. Just 10 minutes away from the museum, our hotel offers a range of restaurant choices to start the night off. Eau Bistro, The Tenderloin Room, Café Eau and the Chaser's Lounge provide a wide range of great cuisine, drinks and ambiance to suit guests of any age. Our luxury accommodations make The Chase Park Plaza the perfect location for the family to stay in St. Louis, so book with us and explore the local museums and attractions.


Enjoy the LouFest Music Festival in St. Louis

The LouFest summer music festival in Forest Park rocks with 30 bands in September.

LouFestThe St. Louis area is already brimming with excitement about a fabulous event that is coming to the region in early fall. The LouFest Music Festival in St. Louis is scheduled to take place on September 12th and 13th, and it will surely be an experience to remember with big name bands playing, and up-and-coming artists ready to be discovered.

This year's edition of the music festival takes place at Forest Park in St. Louis and will feature performers such as The Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Ludacris, Albert Hammond Jr. and more, for two exciting days of outstanding live music and fun. In addition to these artists, there will be pizza and brews available. Market Square offers unique stylish accessories, and the Loukidz stage provides an array of activities for the little ones. This weekend of music is kid-friendly, and the young ones will be dancing to the music while participating in face painting and crafts. Admission is free for kids with an adult, and the whole family is bound to have a great time.

Four stages will be host to 30 bands throughout the weekend, and this musical event promises to be a rockin' good time for all. In addition, you'll have a park setting in which to relax and re-charge, with abundant activities and giveaways as part of the weekend.

We at the The Chase Park Plaza invite you to stop by our hotel for a meal or a movie in our theater; we hope you'll make the most of LouFest St. Louis by taking advantage of the amenities open to both guests and visitors. Get ready to enjoy some fabulous sounds by the music industry's best at Forest Park in September.


Make August the Month you Move Forward!

Why look any further than The Chase for your extended stay in St. Louis?

The Executive Apartments at The Chase Park Plaza are second-to-none when it comes to luxury and convenience.  51 upscale and tranquil, one bedroom furnished apartments that you can call home, whether you’re relocating to the St. Louis area or enjoying an extended stay in our area.  There’s no shortage of amenities either – heated outdoor pool, movie cinema, restaurants, Santé Fitness & Wellness Center, Aveda Salon & Spa, a flower shop and more, are all right outside your door.

For the month of August, we’ve got a great move in Special!  When you sign a 3 month lease, you’ll receive a $300 monthly discount, and when you sign a 6 month lease, you’ll receive a $400 monthly discount!  This offer is only valid for leases beginning August 1 through September 1, so don’t delay!

Our Executive Apartments offer:

  • A gourmet kitchen, Apartments Collagetastefully outfitted with deluxe housewares
  • Full designer kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • A full-size refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, ice maker and microwave
  • Washer and dryer in select units
  • Granite countertops and ceramic floors
  • Electronics package to include flat screen TV
  • Large closets, overhead lighting and 8 foot ceilings
  • In room safe for those precious items
  • Electronic heating and cooling controls in each unit

Guests staying in our extended stay residences also enjoy:

  • Attached garage parking Apartments Collage 2
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • All utilities include high speed internet, local phone & voicemail, and cable television
  • Pool and patio privileges
  • Complimentary access to Santé Fitness & Wellness, our exclusive 18,000 square-foot fitness center
  • Available laundry and dry cleaning services *
  • Room service *
  • Around-the-clock security 

For more information, or to schedule a tour of our Executive Apartments, please contact the Leasing Department at 314.633.1002 or michelle.murphy@chaseparkplaza.com

*Additional fees apply


Sightseeing Cruise at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Take in the beauty of St. Louis with amazing views from the river and the top of the Gateway Arch.

Gateway ArchThe Gateway Arch in St. Louis is an American landmark, and those who are interested in riverboat tours get to experience the Arch and the city in a unique way. While you can always return to the present time and modern comforts at the end of the day, the Sightseeing Cruise at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis lets you take a journey back in time, while gazing at the some of the city's most magnificent historical architecture. Since these steamboat tours in St. Louis usually take place daily from March until November, you can fit in a tour in between exploring the other attractions the city has to offer like the St. Louis Science Center, a St. Louis Cardinals game or the Missouri Botanical Garden.

When you are ready for the riverboat cruises in St. Louis, a replica of a steamboat from the 19th century carries you down the Mississippi River while you marvel at the Arch and the multiple skyscrapers that are visible behind it. If you are interested in U.S. history or are looking for educational activities for children, the National Park Service in St. Louis provides a Ranger for the tours who talks about the history of the city and how the river shaped the city's past and present.

The Gateway Arch Experience allows you to get a closer look at this extraordinary monument or even Journey to the Top of the Arch. While you saw the view from below the arch with the riverboat cruise, the perspective from the Gateway Arch Observation Deck is completely different. When planning your day at the arch, check to see if other events are happening nearby.

The Sightseeing Cruise at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is truly an unforgettable experience. For a St. Louis trip bolstered by comfortable and convenient accommodations, visit our website learn more about The Chase Park Plaza.


Join the Kookin' For Kids Benefit in St. Louis

St. Louis citizens and visitors alike can have a blast at the 24th Annual Kookin' For Kids Benefit!

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held at The Chase Park Plaza, is just around the corner. This fundraiser is incredibly special because all proceeds go directly to supporting children in need. You'll be able to enjoy delicious, quality food while giving kids hope for the future.

Many children across the nation are struggling by having to grow up in communities that are home to high rates of crime and violence. The St. Vincent Home for Children seeks to break the cycle by offering them opportunities and support to help them succeed. Providing kids with a safe place where they can flourish and bloom is what St. Vincent is all about, and participating in the Kookin' For Kids benefit event will help the organization make a difference in countless young lives.

At the benefit, you can expect to taste food from a diverse menu that incorporates cuisine from local restaurants that specialize in food from a variety of cultures. You'll be taking in a world of hope and inspiration, and you can even sign up to become a sponsor, which will allow you to have a more direct impact on the welfare of the kids in the community.

We here at The Chase Park Plaza are proud to host the Kookin' for Kids Benefit in St. Louis. On August 23, 2015, the benefit will mark its 24th year with celebrity servers and a live auction. Our hotel will make for a comfortable and lively experience for all who participate, and you'll be able to enjoy your stay in St. Louis by taking advantage of a variety of amenities and a gorgeous view of the city. Visit our website to make sure you're a part of this wonderful day that brings hope to so many.


Moonlight Ramble in St. Louis Set to Roll Again

The popular nighttime bike ride around St. Louis is set for Saturday, August 29.

Moonlight RambleThe 2015 edition of the Moonlight Ramble in St. Louis is set for Saturday, August 29, and is expected to once again draw thousands of riders. Popularity like that is one reason this is the longest running nighttime bike ride in the US.

The event began in October 1964 through the solitary effort of the race's founder, Dick Leary. Over the next few years, the growth of the race began, and within a decade, the event was bringing in thousands of eager riders. During that period, this enjoyable bike ride around St. Louis changed its name from Midnight Ramble to Moonlight Ramble.

If you happen to register for the ride, but are from out of town or otherwise can't pick up your race packet, they'll be available on the night of the event.

The evolution of the Moonlight Ramble has reached such proportions that the event now draws people from across the country and has premium-rider levels. In addition, food souvenirs and a vendor village are part of the festivities that includes an after-party for all ages.

The nature of the family-friendly Moonlight Ramble in St. Louis is such that adults who first took part as children are now bringing their own children to be a part of one of the most exciting civic events that the city of St. Louis has offer.

After the race has concluded, getting a good night's rest at the historic Chase Park Plaza sounds very inviting. That's due in part to our storied tradition that's seen many exciting events take place since the early 1920's. Our hotel is close to the downtown area, including many of the city's cultural institutions like Powell Symphony Hall and the St. Louis Science Center. Visit our site to ensure your stay during Moonlight Ramble is exceptional.


Home Suite Home: Extended Stay at The Chase Park Plaza

Feel at home when you book one of our extended stay packages at the Chase Park Plaza.

Whether you’re a road warrior or an occasional vacationer, traveling can be a stressful experience.
When you find yourself in St. Louis, however, you can relax in elegant accommodations coupled with all the comforts of home when you book an extended stay at the Chase Park Plaza.

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The Chase Park Plaza is located at the heart of St. Louis in the Central West End neighborhood, one of the most exciting places to shop and dine. From the lovely nearby Forest Park to the neighboring cultural attractions and proximity to the bustling St. Louis downtown area, it’s no wonder the Central West End neighborhood was voted one of the top 10 neighborhoods in St. Louis.

Adjacent to our hotel is Forest Park. Perfect for a morning stroll, the park is full of visitors and residents taking part in all kinds of sporting activities. Home to the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park provides a respite from busy urban life during your stay at the Chase Park Plaza. As one of the hotels that offer extended stay in St. Louis, the Chase Park Plaza is proud to welcome you home with some exclusive benefits. As a long term guest, you will enjoy a daily breakfast, high-speed internet, access to a wellness center and daily housekeeping. For added comfort, you can take advantage of the laundry and dry cleaning services provided by the hotel during your extended stay in St. Louis.

Take advantage of our extended stay rates and receive 25 percent off our best rates when you stay for a period of seven to thirteen nights. For more information on discounts and availability, check our reservation schedule or contact the Chase Park Plaza for more details.


Practice Your Swing at the Courses at Forest Park

Hit the links at the Forest Park Golf Course in St. Louis.

If you love golf and the beautiful city of St. Louis, you’ll have ample opportunity to play a few rounds at one of the many courses. During your stay, be sure to check out the Courses at Forest Park. Each one has stunning scenery and different amenities to make your day of golfing relaxing and fun.

The Courses at Forest Park are over 100 years old and maintain a classic feel and elegance. Although golfers have been enjoying Forest Park since 1897, the actual course was built following the World’s Fair in 1904. The original course was 27 holes but later changed to an 18-hole course. You won’t have to worry about outdated luxuries at this course because it recently underwent an extensive renovation. Now, kids can enjoy the course as well at the Youth Learning center.

The Courses at Forest Park

In January 2015, it was announced that the NHC St. Louis City Championship would finally be taking place in August. This is big news for St. Louis because it has been roughly 60 years since the last championship was held in St. Louis.  The revitalization of the tournament has the goal of keeping kids in school through their love of golf. If you’re looking for fun summer activities in St. Louis, this tournament will be held at the end of August in 2015.

If you want to book a tee time or event at Forest Park, our Concierge can arrange all of the details including tee times, transportation, clubs and spikes. While you’re in town, we welcome you to stay at the luxurious Chase Park Plaza Hotel, which is within walking distance of the golf courses.